PosterVote: expanding the action repertoire for local political activism

Vasilis Vlachokyriakos, Rob Comber, Karim Ladha, Nick Taylor, Paul Dunphy, Patrick McCorry, Patrick Olivier

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Online and digital technologies support and extend the action repertoires of localized social movements. In this paper we examine the ways by which digital technologies can support 'on-the-ground' activist communities in the development of social movements. After identifying some of the challenges of deploying conventional voting and consultation technologies for activism, we examine situated political action in local communities through the design and deployment of a low-cost community voting prototype, PosterVote. We deploy PosterVote in two case studies with two local community organizations identifying the features that supported or hindered grassroots democratic practices. Through interviews with these communities, we explore the design of situated voting systems to support participation within an ecology of social action.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS’14 - Proceedings of the 2014 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Subtitle of host publicationJune 21-25, 2014 Vancouver, BC, Canada
EditorsShaowen Bardzell, Carman Neustaedter, Eric Paulos
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450329026
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventDesigning Interactive Systems 2014 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 21 Jun 201425 Jun 2014


ConferenceDesigning Interactive Systems 2014
Abbreviated titleDIS 2014
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  • Activism
  • Democracy
  • E-voting
  • Participation

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